Normally, Nepal is about trekking and mountain climbing during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). But have you ever considered what it would be like to trek through the trails in winter? Being considered one of the best destinations for mountain climbing, it is also logical to think that the views of the majestic mountains will be at its prime during winter. And, that wouldn’t be wrong.
If you dare yourself and push yourself a little hard, you will never be disappointed at what Nepal has to offer for treks in Winter. For your convenience, we have listed down the best winter treks in Nepal.
Everest Panorama Trek is the first choice for many trekkers in winter for many from all over the world. It is a short and easy trek to complete. The hiking trail starts from Lukla and ends in Tengboche.
Along the way, you will be blessed with lush rhododendron forest and roaring rivers. Besides that, you will also pass through the stunning village of Phakding until you reach the famous Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar.
Finally, you will reach your destination, Tengboche where you can visit ancient Tengboche Monastery and enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayas including Mount Ama Dablam, Lhotse and Everest itself.
Source: Exciting Treks Nepal
Located in the famous Annapurna Region, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is one of the best winter treks in Nepal. Starting from Pokhara, you will pass through Ulleri to reach Ghorepani and climb to the top of Poon Hill at 3210 m. The trekking trail is easy that can be climbed by the people of any trekking experience and age group.
Once you reach the summit, you can feast your eyes upon the majestic view of mountains including Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. Besides trekking, you can also experience the local culture of local Thakali, Magar and Gurung which makes it a cultural paradise for those travelers who are interested in learning other cultures.
Source: Nepal Tour
If you have some more time to kill after your Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, you can add Khopra Danda Trek to your list. Despite less known to travelers even in peak seasons, Khopra Danda Trek is one of the most adventurous winter treks and you might actually have all the trails to yourself in winter.
You will be traveling through the same trails as Annapurna Trek for a couple of days before it turns you down to the valley of north Ghorepani. Once you climb up from Ghorepani to reach Khopra Ridge, you will witness the marvelous beauty of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre.
Source: Inside Himalayas
If you are interested in culture and also want to trek to a place with fewer crowds, Annapurna Community Homestay Trek is for you. It is also a great alternative to Poonhill trek. The route of the trek is similar to Poonhill trek but it follows different Ridgeline. It is also fairly safe trekking as it doesn’t go too high.
You will have the opportunity of experiencing the local life in a homestay as the number of travelers is fairly low. Besides that, you can also enjoy the close-up view of the mountains. Your trekking trails start from Beni to reach the peaks of Mohare Danda.
Source: Magical Nepal
Known as the “Valley of glaciers”, Langtang Valley is one of the most beautiful places and best destinations for trekking in winter. The trail takes you through the marvelous Langtang National Park with a unique landscape and nature.
After you reach the Langtang valley hiking a long way, you will be blessed with the eye-catching view of the Himalayas. The marvelous snow-capped mountains including Langtang Mountain will make you feel that the trek was totally worth it.
The rewards of your long difficult hiking don’t end here. You can also enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the sparkling glaciers that counts to more than a dozen.
Source: NEST Adventures
If you don’t have much time in your hand but you still want to experience what winner treks in Nepal feel like, Helambu Trek is your best bet. The trekking is near to Kathmandu and it has short and easy trails along with fewer crowds.
You will get to enjoy the brilliant beauty of lush green nature and unique landscapes along the way. If you are a bird lover, you will love hiking along the trails with the sound of birds singing.
Once you reach the destination, you can enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas including the Langtang range. Besides these, the upper part of Helambu offers Gosaikunda lake.
Source: Mountain Tiger Nepal
If you want to experience the local Tibetan culture and enjoy the scenery around you throughout your trek, Tamang Heritage Trek is for you. You will be staying with the locals in a homestay which will give you even more opportunities about their culture.
Your trekking route starts from Shyaprubesi. You will leave the main Langtang Valley mid-way to reach Gatlang village and then Tatopani where you can enjoy hot springs before you reach your destination.
Besides that, your hiking trail offers you some thrilling experiences with off the beaten tracks and wildlife in Langtang National Park. Likewise, the majestic view of the Himalayas including Manaslu Massif, Langtang range, Jugal Himal and Ganesh Himal will definitely take your breath away.
Source: Guide in Himalaya
Looking for a short and both adventurous trekking destination for winter with a marvelous view in Nepal? Put on your winter clothes and start your Chisapani-Nagarkot Trek. The trekking trails pass through Shivapuri National Park to Shivapuri Mountain and even though it might be snowy, it won’t be much of a hindrance.
Besides trekking convenience, you will be able to catch mesmerizing views of the mountains including Ganesh, Gaurishankar, and Manaslu. Not only mountains but you will also be able to enjoy the panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley. At Chisapani you will encounter many stunning villages and forests along with mountains. After that, when you head to Nagarkot, you will never forget the breathtaking beauty of sunrise from the hills.
If you want a short and simple trek that can be completed easily with the best experience and fewer crowds, Mardi Himal Trek is the best bet for you. As it has opened recently, there are not many travelers around even in warmer seasons, and you are more likely to have all the trails to yourself.
Your trek starts from Pokhara which leads you to Forest Camp accompanied by High Camp before you reach the Mardi Himal Base Camp. After you get to the Base Camp you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchre, Annapurna and Hiunchuli.
Source: G Adventures
The trails of Everest Base Camp are snowy and difficult during winter. However, it is not impossible to reach the destination. Experienced trekkers can complete the trek without must problem but need to be careful about the temperature.
As stated before, the Everest Base Camp Trek is difficult in winter. However, if you want to reach this brilliant destination for special occasions like Christmas and New year, you can start your trek from Lukla. On your way up, you will pass through many stunning villages, rivers, and glaciers. Once you reach your destination, you will be blessed with the majestic view of the Everest itself.